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Saturday, December 24, 2011

An Improvised Spoon

   As I have touched on this before, improvising is at the heart of bushcraft. Finding the materials you need to make tools and shelter and clothing in the bush and then discovering other uses for the things you do have on hand, becomes part of your mindset as you adapt to the wilderness. Solving problems is also part of that mind set, as new challenges present themselves. A common slogan amidst survivalists and preppers is "Adapt, Improvise and Overcome." A strategy born out of the military mindset that is taught in all survival schools.
   But bushcraft is more than survival, it is about living and thriving and finding your way and your "home" in the wilderness. It will present it's challenges, it will test your wits, but knowing that bushcraft also provides that treasure trove of wisdom and the answers to these challenges, is the key to adapting and to living.
   Last Saturday I had the opportunity to spend a little time with a new member of BushcraftUSA as I helped him to work on his "Student Practice for a Twig Fire." Here is a short video of a part of that outing, as we cooked a quick meal of rice and spent the time practicing our bushcraft skills.

I hope that Joseph will have even more fun as he continues to practice his bushcraft lessons and continues with BushclassUSA. I am sure there is more adventure to come. As always, Happy Exploring.

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